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Old 06-02-2011, 04:10 PM
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is it better to come off the battery or off the starter solenoid?
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Battery. The starter solenoid is not for connecting accessories.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:31 PM
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I got it! Thanks fellas, I would post some pics but I dont want to pull it all apart again.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:32 PM
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Well I definitely decided that I am going to get the fuse block that has 1 big power cable going to it, instead of a thousand small ones
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That's the one I'm gonna get I just can't find any room for it under the hood, but where you put yours is a perfect place and I'm prob gonna borrow that idea

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This is the block I am running, works great and it will actually handle some amperage (150) the inline style pictured above can't handle much draw.





I just ran a lead from the distribution block to the fuse block and then ran out from there.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:43 PM
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Thanks guys, I think im going to pick up the single feed fuse block as it seems like a easier and neater mod. Here is a link to what i'm doing

http://www.therangerstation.com/Maga...ccessories.htm
Just to give you a heads up, that tech article should not be in there.
I'm going to point out some things, and I'm going to suggest higher-quality and easier to use wire strippers:
http://www.mbelectronics.com/images%...%5C200-070.jpg

Things wrong with that post:
-Never EVER tap onto the starting solenoid.
Buy something like this for your battery terminal.
http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j0...nal-YC042-.jpg
That way, you solder/braze a ring terminal onto your main power wire, and accessory fuse block power wire, and they are kept neat, and you can ensure a proper connection.
-Don't make your own inline fuses like that. It looks like shit, and it's a pain in the ass. Get a fuse block, or a proper inline fuse.
-Don't use those quick-splice connecters, because there shouldn't be anything that you need to splice into. IF on the rare chance you do need to, the best thing to do, and this can be done with the strippers I posted, is to splice the wire open, get some shrink wrap on there, solder it, and shrink tube it.

You're well on the right track when it comes to buying a proper fuse block, but please, for our sake, and mainly yours, do a job. Don't half-ass it
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:31 PM
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bump with any more suggestions? anyone else with that fuse block mikerider posted pics of? how well does it hold up to dirt and grime in the engine bay? i was looking at this one, but it's not weather proof either.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K2MBPA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1UNWS4MSNTF2A
gonna be wiring up a 30" LED bar with an amp draw of 8.85, a pair of amber LEDs that draw 4 amps total, a halogen work light to a 10 amp, and a HAM radio. what size wire should i run to the fuse block? i couldn't figure that out from googling.
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The one pictured earlier in this thread is **NOT** a good idea for outside use. Those things should only be used inside the cab!! They are absolutely not going to hold up to water, salt, dirt, etc. Also, the main (+) terminal is exposed for anything to touch it and create a short. Who's never dropped a wrench?

That Blue Sea marine panel you linked too would be PERFECT.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:04 PM
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The one pictured earlier in this thread is **NOT** a good idea for outside use. Those things should only be used inside the cab!! They are absolutely not going to hold up to water, salt, dirt, etc. Also, the main (+) terminal is exposed for anything to touch it and create a short. Who's never dropped a wrench?

That Blue Sea marine panel you linked too would be PERFECT.
I have had no issues with it, first rule of working on electrical is disconnect the battery, lol. The fuses and contacts have some dielectric grease on them which solves any corrosion issues. Its not perfect but its a far better solution than most people use. also most of the blue see one is only rated for like 60a the bussman one is rated at 120a which is nice.

I will take a pic of how dirty mine is.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:13 PM
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And when you are working on anything else not involving electricity and drop a wrench...? Dielectric greasing it was a good move, however the fact remains it is not designed or intended for exposure to the elements. The grease only protects so much, that plastic is not sealed. And as soon as you pull a fuse, the grease is no longer a nice and sealed up around the fuse.

You did a fine job wiring it, and it looks much better than a rats nest of wires on the battery. But if someone is going to do this from scratch, I can't suggest they do the same since it is the wrong part of the job no matter how nice you made it look and work.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:25 PM
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on the blue sea one i posted, they have the option to ground the fuse block. is it worth it to spend the extra coin on that one, or is it unnecessary since all of the accessories have their own ground?
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Not necessary.
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